It’s the third Monday of the month, which means it’s time for another Thrifty Six collaboration to showcase our secondhand items! I chose ‘boho’ for this month’s theme, as I usually find myself reaching for flowy, printed fabrics in more neutral colors during the summertime. Keep scrolling to hear why I actually kind of struggled with this theme and to see my five blogger friends’ interpretations of boho style.
When I think of boho, I imagine flowing garments, pattern mixing, wild hair, lots of layered jewelry, crocheted fabrics, etc. I thought I had the perfect thrifted boho look in my head before choosing this month’s theme, but once I actually tried the outfit on, I realized how dumb it looked! (That happens probably 50% of the time—I think of a cute outfit in my head, try it on, and realize that it is NOT, in fact, cute.)
That’s what I get for choosing the theme before actually having my outfit prepared. I scrambled for several days, trying on different combinations of the most boho pieces in my closet to see what worked. I mostly discovered outfits that did not work before finally settling on this more subdued boho look. This outfit reminds me of something that might be fitting for a music festival, although, without all the face glitter and crazy stuff.
This elephant skirt was a hand-me-down from my friend back when I was in high school, and it’s one of my favorite flowy pieces in the summer. In fact, you may recognize it as the halter top I wore on the blog a few weeks ago! In the past, I’ve paired this skirt with a maroon mock-neck tank, so I wanted to try a black camisole this time instead. I tied it up in the back in order to give it a little crop and show a strip of skin.
Of course, the elephant print in the skirt and the matching elephant clutch felt like the perfect boho details. I wanted to layer on the gold jewelry (I was imagining lots of bangles), but the most jewelry I had here at school was a G initial necklace, a gold globe necklace, a long turquoise pendant, and a single beaded cuff. Like I said, a more subdued boho outfit than I was imagining.
I had the most fun doing my hair for this outfit! I imagined a kind of messy and haphazard hairstyle, so I started by parting my hair down the middle and doing French twists on either side. I added gold hair rings to the twists and then braided a few small sections to frame my face. I think it turned out kind of cute and boho, right? My only complaint is that doing the twists and small braids revealed sections of my scalp, which is not such a cute look. I’m gonna have to work on that.
Now, be sure to check out all my blogger friends’ thrifted boho outfits below! Click the links next to their names to be redirected to their own blog posts. I really like the variety of boho styles this month and enjoyed seeing everyone’s interpretations.
Emma of Style Splash:
“For me, boho style means long, flowing dresses, vintage floral prints, tassels and floppy hats. I’ve managed to include all of those elements in this outfit. My dress is a vintage find from eBay. It has an unusual neckline that had me a little baffled at first – I wasn’t sure if I was wearing it back to front!”
Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade:
“Musings under a cinnabar sunset… Lost in thought, relaxing in the evening sun, I contemplate my attire and the complexities of its origin. I muse upon the vintage patchwork skirt, hand-stitched by a bare-foot flower child… the trinkets and adornments collected over time, ethnic, Byzantine, Bedouin… crossing continents for me to unite them under this cinnabar sunset – my vision of bohemia…”
Lucy of Lucy Bertoldi:
“Boho fashion and styling- I’m all in! For me boho is all about flowy and reminiscent pieces filled with florals and embroidery. This lovely dress I inherited from my Mexican friend Ernestina. She completely hand-embroidered it ages ago – making it all the more special to me. Artisanal work speaks to my heart – from soul to hand, creations blossom. Precious!”
Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style:
“This blouse is actually a hand me down as you name it I think. I never wear a boho look and this was the only item that came close to me. And it’s not the blouse that gives me a bit of a boho feel, it’s the hairband, which belongs with the blouse, and the mules. But I only wore the blouse for this photo a few years ago. It ended up in the give away bag.”
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge:
“I found this turquoise embroidered boho dress when I went thrifting last month with my big birthday coupon and I combined it with my brown thrifted cowboy boots for some festival hippie vibes. I accessorized with a cowboy hat and beaded jewelry. And then I added a long crochet lace vest to cover up a few tiny bleach spots on the back of the dress that I didn’t notice at first.”
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